They went on a hike after arriving and were in shallow water near a riverbank when Tomari disappeared, Hannon said. Search crews later found his body.
School district officials have been in contact with families of students on the trip and local authorities in Belize, Hannon said. School officials, working with the U.S. Embassy, made travel arrangements to return students and chaperones to Atlanta.
Cobb schools are currently on winter break. Though school is not in session, the district’s prevention and intervention team will provide support to students and staff throughout the week, Hannon said.
Counselors will also be available when students return to school next Monday.